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Catholic Activity: Nameday Celebration for St. Francis of Assisi

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Feast is October 4. This includes a family prayer and ideas for dessert and decorations.

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St. Francis of Assisi, Il Poverello, one of the best loved saints, founded the Order of Friars Minor, characterized by "loving joyous worship of the sacred humanity of Christ and by a profession of poverty." In Italian the name is Franco; Portuguese, Francisco; German and Swiss, Franz; French, Franchot and Francois.

Father:We praise You, O God. We acclaim You Lord and Master.
All:Everlasting Father, all the world bows down before You.
Father:All the angels sing Your praise, the hosts of heaven and all the angelic powers.
All:All the cherubim and seraphim call out to You in unending chorus.
Father:Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of angel hosts.
All:The heavens and the earth are filled, Lord, with Your majesty and glory.
Father:Let us pray. O God, through the merits of Francis of Assisi You enriched Your Church with a new offspring; grant that after his example we may despise earthly things and ever find joy in partaking of the gifts of heaven. Through Christ, our Lord.
All:Amen. Christ conquers, Christ reigns!
Dessert and decorations. St. Francis' symbol for a page of his book cake might be a lamb, perhaps from your Nativity set; or, better, birds and animals made of icing; or musical notes in honor of his "Hymn to the Sun."

Flaming desserts make a dramatic nameday treat. St. Francis of Assisi suffered an ordeal by fire, so this would be another appropriate idea for his feast.

Appropriate gifts would be a medal of St. Francis, plaque, reproductions of classic painting, such as Gentile Bellini's St. Francis in Ecstasy or small statues of St. Francis.

A small nameday gift our children have enjoyed is St. Francis of Assisi by Maisie Ward, a book in the Saints in Pictures series [Editor's Note: out of print, printed by Sheed and Ward.] The Song of St. Francis by C. R. Bulla and Francis by Sister M. Francis are also books that make appropriate nameday gifts [Ed.: these are also out of print.]

Activity Source: My Nameday — Come for Dessert by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 1962

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